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Colton Carlson

January 11th City Council Meeting to be Abbreviated

By | COD News

Tonight’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be abbreviated due to inclement weather.  Council will convene for a brief period at 6:00 p.m.  Agenda items not covered this evening will likely be considered at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, 1/25/2018 @ 6:00 p.m.

*Burglary Alert* Break-ins Reported

By | COD News

Bonner County Sheriff officers responded to burglary from two vehicles parked at the Dover City Hall and Dog Park parking lots.  Car windows had been broken and purses stolen.  The incidents occured between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22nd.  Anyone having information about these crimes is asked to contact Bonner County Sheriff’s Office.  As we welcome all to enjoy Dover’s parks and trails, we encourage you to not leave valuables in your vehicles, even if they’re locked.

ONTARIO Project Update

By | Announcement, COD News

**ONTARIO Project Update – 11/16/17**

Thursday, 16 November

Ontario Street is now open! The paving portion of the project will be completed in the Spring of 2018 however, the road is currently open to travel on the crushed rock surface in place now.

Thursday, 9 November

Construction is progressing well and on schedule for the road to reopen in mid-November. The new culvert is installed, the water line has been repaired and the sewer line installed. The subgrade is nearly done and base rock should be placed soon. It is unknown at this time whether we will have adequate weather for paving. It’s not looking favorable for this year due to rain and cold temerature projections. There are contract contingencies in place for spring paving should that be required. The road will be reopened with a crushed rock driving surface even if the paving is not completed before winter.

Friday, 3 November

The new culvert is installed and the contractor will work for the next week repairing utilities and rebuilding the road. Since we are not getting a nice long fall, we may have to pave the road next spring since the temperatures are projected to be lower than allowed for paving. This was expected and in our contingency plan. The road will be re-opened when done (less pavement) through the winter as a gravel road. The project is on schedule for a mid-November opening.

Friday, 27 October

Syringa Water District has been contacting residents in the area near the construction project to make them aware that Monday, October 30th will be the day that water service will be temporarily unavailable.

Thursday, 26 October

Excavation is underway to remove the old culvert. The project is progressing as expected. Temporary water service shut down to Canoe Cove for installation of temp waterline bypass will happen on Friday, October 27th. The contractor has been coordinating with Syringa Water District. One last water service interruption will occur at a later date for permanent water line repairs. Construction site safety – Children are still crossing through the construction site and we ask that residents discourage anyone walking through the construction site as it is now a deep and dangerous excavation site. Your cooperation is appreciated.

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Friday, 13 October

Ontario Street will be closed to all traffic from Monday, October 16 through Monday, November 13 for construction. For construction updates, please go to www.cityofdover.id.gov or call 208-265-8339.

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Friday, 22 September

At the special council meeting held 9/21, City Council voted to accept a construction bid and move forward with the Ontario Street Emergency Repair Project. City Engineer, Jay Hassell of J-U-B Engineers, Inc. will be working with the contractor to put forth a tentative schedule of work to be completed. As new information is available, updates will be posted to our website. Please check back often and look for the news title with the most current date listed.

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Tuesday, 05 September

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ontario Street Update | Dover, Idaho

Ontario Street will have both lanes open with temporary surfacing September 7. The speed limit will be strictly enforced until permanent construction is completed.

Use prudence while traveling Ontario. For updates please visit www.cityofdover.id.gov. Thank you for your patience while the city explored all options to remedy this situation.

Understanding Dover’s Sewer System

By | COD News

Septic Tank Effluent Pump (STEP) – Septic Tank Effluent Gravity (STEG)

Effluent sewers are a sustainable solution for rural areas, but also a cost effective option to serve fringe development, on the outskirts of towns.

How an Effluent Sewer System Works

In an effluent sewer system each individual site has an underground septic tank which receives all the waste from the dwelling.  The raw wastewater separates into sludge, scum and liquid effluent with primary treatment taking place within the septic tank.   The solids remain in the tank for year, only need to be pumped out about every 5 years depending on the use and care of each household.  The liquid effluent remains in the tank for only a day or two, it is then pumped (STEP) or gravity fed (STEG) to the next treatment point, Dover’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Keep in mind the following recommendations:

  • Try to limit the amount of non-biodegradable matter going down the drain to the septic tank.  Flushing non-biodegradable matter will fill your tank with solids and increase pumping requirements. Don’t deposit coffee grounds, cooking fats, wet-strength towels, wet wipes, disposable diapers, facial tissues, cigarette butts, and other non-decomposable materials into the house sewer.
  • Too much water can upset the delicate biological balance within the tank, defeating its ability to work properly.
  • Don’t use excessive amounts of any household chemicals which could kill the biology necessary for a properly functioning septic tank.
  • Use a toilet tissue that breaks up easily when wet and is noted as “septic safe”
  • Avoid dumping grease down the drain.  Keep a separate container for waste grease and throw it out with the garbage.
  • Pump your septic tank when accumulated solids get too deep and/or the floating scum layer gets too thick.

2016 Dover drinking water quality report

By | COD News

The City of Dover drinking water quality report for 2016 is now available. The federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires that all community drinking water systems must provide customers an annual report of the quality of their drinking water.  This report is a summary of the quality of the City of Dover’s water for calendar year 2016.  Included are details about where the water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to EPA and Idaho standards.  All City of Dover drinking water facilities are operated under the direction of the City Council.  Bob Hansen of Water Systems Management, Inc. operates our drinking water system.  For further information about your water system (PWS #ID1090193), call Bob Hansen at (208) 265-4270 or Email:   wsmibob@aol.com.

To download a copy of the report, click here.  If you would like to request a printed paper copy, please contact Michele Hutchings, City Clerk on 208-265-8339.

2017 Water Meter Reading Schedule

By | COD News

The City of Dover has published the schedule for 2017 water meter reading.  Please view the dates on our monthly calendar which can be accessed by clicking on the “calendar” icon in the upper right corner of our web page.  The dates will be on the 20th of every month with these exceptions:

May 19th and August 18th.

Please do not park over your meter and remember to keep your meters clear of snow, ice and water as much as possible so that the City can read your meter monthly.  If your meter is inaccessible, charges will accumulate and appear on future billing.

Please contact City Hall if you have any questions or concerns.

How To Care for your Septic System

By | COD News

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM

Adapted from article written by James Carey and Morris Carey

Following a few simple rules should help to make your septic system trouble-free for many years. But don’t forget that the septic tank does need to be cleaned out (pumped) when too many solids build up (every 3 to 5 years depending on use).

Be mindful about what you and your family put into your septic system. It doesn’t take much to upset the delicate biological balance within the tank. You can extend the life of a septic system by watching everything that’s introduced to the system.

Keep in mind the following recommendations:

  • Try to limit the amount of non-biodegradable matter going down the drain to the septic tank. Flushing non-biodegradable matter will fill your tank with solids and increase pumping requirements. Don’t deposit coffee grounds, cooking fats, wet-strength towels, wet wipes, disposable diapers, facial tissues, cigarette butts, and other non-decomposable materials into the house sewer.
  • Too much water can upset the delicate biological balance within the tank, defeating its ability to work properly.
  • Don’t use excessive amounts of any household chemicals which could kill the biology necessary for a properly functioning septic tank.
  • Use a toilet tissue that breaks up easily when wet and is noted as “septic safe”€
  • Avoid dumping grease down the drain. Keep a separate container for waste grease and throw it out with the garbage.
  • Pump your septic tank when accumulated solids get too deep and/or the floating scum layer gets too thick.

You need to have your septic tank inspected by a professional every one to three years and pumped as needed. How often you need to have your septic tank pumped also depends on the size of the tank, the volume of wastewater, and how many solids go into it. Constant foul odor, slow drains, and drains that back up are all telltale signs that your septic tank needs pumping. When in doubt, call in a septic pro.

Water and Sewer rates and connection fees

By | COD News
Water fees and rates
Base rate $ 25.21 per ERU
Usage rate $ 0.0037 per gallon
Water connection fee $ 5,392 per ERU
Monthly rate = (# ERUs) *(Base rate) + (Usage rate) * (Gallons used)
Sewer fees and rates
Non-active account monthly fee $ 41.24 per ERU
Active account monthly fee $ 60.90 per ERU
Sewer connection fee $ 4,626 per ERU
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